2 killed, others injuried as police attack Shi’ites during procession in Kaduna

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Two members of the Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky-led Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shi’ites, were reported killed when they were attack by police in Kaduna yesterday.

It was gathered that sustained gunshots were heard around the popular Ahmadu Bello Way as police made efforts to disperse the protesters.

The Shi’ites were demanding for the release of their leader and his wife, Zeenat, who have been in detention since December, 2015 following a bloody clash with soldiers in Zaria.

They were outlawed in the state, and all forms of protest are prohibited.

The IMN spokesman Ibrahim Musa said “heavily-armed policemen today (yesterday) opened fire in Zaria and Kaduna on religious mourners soon after completing this year’s Ashura processions” and “two people in Kaduna lost their lives while many others were injured in Kaduna and Zaria”.

Police spokesman Muhammad Jalige said he was yet to be briefed on the incident.

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